AMNESTY (I)

Crystal Castles - AMNESTY (I)
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2016 Ratings: #687 / 760
User Score
Based on 167 ratings
2016 Ratings: #546
August 19, 2016 / Release Date
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Casablanca / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Exclaim!

At its core, Amnesty (I) maintains the crux of what made Crystal Castles so great: ethereal electronic soundscapes, glitchy melodies, piercing vocals and cacophonous outbursts just jarring enough to keep listeners on edge.

75
The Line of Best Fit

It doesn’t feel as exciting or dangerous as their previous albums - it’s still a rewarding listen, despite it being the first post-Glass ... but it seems that no matter how good the music here is, nothing can stop Glass’ spectre from haunting the album, as she was such a monumental loss to the band.

70
Under The Radar

Like him or hate him, Kath can compose stirring electro-maniacal rhythms like no one's business. And Frances captures and carries the tortured exclamation of the first three Crystal Castles albums with conviction.

70
Clash

The truth of the matter is that, as long as it's Ethan Kath behind the mixing desk, it doesn't really matter who the singer of Crystal Castles is.

70
PopMatters

All in all, Amnesty (I) is a good album, but not an album that stacks up to the first three that Crystal Castles put out.

70
AllMusic

Even if Amnesty lacks some of the intensity of Crystal Castles' earlier work, it accomplishes the tricky task of providing common ground and a fresh start.

68
Pitchfork

The first Crystal Castles album without vocalist Alice Glass is also the first safe album from an act that once would have recoiled at such a thought.

67
Consequence of Sound

It might be the most durable Crystal Castles has ever sounded, pushing things forward whereas Kath and Glass used to pull from ‘80s pop and 8-bit sounds.

60
Drowned in Sound

Amnesty (I) is an odd affair; the sound of a band reborn out of pure necessity yet one where all component parts ring meticulously familiar.

60
Slant Magazine

The album meets all goth-adjacent indie-dance needs squarely. It doesn't, however, ever transcend those needs.

60
The Guardian

An album that, while impressively intense, lacks the human urgency of their earlier work.

60
DIY

While this record is an enjoyable nod to their legacy, it could have given a bolder account of itself.

60
NME

Crystal Castles always were an uncomfortable band, but the bumpy conception of this album and the awkward introduction of new ideas dampen even its most teeth-chattering moments.

58
Pretty Much Amazing

The first product from Crystal Castles 2.0 is a mixed bag of nostalgia, proficiency, and carefully staged continuity. 

50
No Ripcord

What do you get when you strip Glass out of the equation? A competent Crystal Castles record without the message, and competent is a bit of a stretch considering Kath is trying to step into the zeitgeist with the sort of electronic styles they would’ve otherwise dismissed.

40
NOW Magazine

At 11 tracks, it's tight like a pop album should be. Unfortunately, none of the songs leap out as highlights in the catalogue.

40
The Needle Drop
Crystal Castles did a new thing, and I don’t much care for the thing.
BuffaloStaple
40
uhhh... unsure of what to think yet, gonna give it a few more listens, but whilst the songs aren't bad for the most part or anything imo, it does for sure sound like people trying to imitate Crystal Castles more so than actual Crystal Castles, they should probably develop a new sound on the next project.

EDIT: you know what, never mind, this shit is a fucking cluttered mess, albeit with decent production every now & then, however it's not at all worth going out of your way to listen to.
AmericaanSpirit
79
While it does have its moments of genius, it's a bit too shrouded in the goth-synth tropes they've always teetered on in the past. Some great stand outs, mostly boring.

BEST TRACKS: Concrete, Char, Chloroform, Femen, Enth
EMR
53
Despite the fast rise to worldwide recognition as one of the most exciting darkwave/synthpop acts of the past decade, Crystal Castles were already showing clear signs of lack of creativity on their third full lenght album. With the departing of Alice Glass, Ethan Kath continues to work under the Crystal Castles moniker, now pairing up with new singer Edith Frances, who actually does a fine job in replacing Glass, and continuing the outfit's original experimental edge. AMNESTY (I) follows pretty ... read more
wedanceonrepeat
90
Femen - 10
Fleece - 10
Char - 10
Enth - 10
Sadist - 10
Teach Her How to Hunt - 8
Chloroform - 10
Frail - 7
Concrete - 10
Ornament - 9
Kept - 6
Their Kindness Is Charade - 8
Emme_Strt
82
me parecio muy atmosférico y agradable, sin tanto detalle pero lo volvería a escuchar sin problema.
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Track List

  1. Femen
  2. Fleece
  3. Char
  4. Enth
  5. Sadist
  6. Teach Her How to Hunt
  7. Chloroform
  8. Frail
  9. Concrete
  10. Ornament
  11. Kept
  12. Their Kindness Is Charade
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